Hustle & Bustle: A Day in the Life of County Supervisor Dave Roberts
For County Supervisor Dave Roberts, there’s never a dull moment in the day. “Our house really bustles at 6 a.m. as we get our five kids ready for their day and have breakfast together. I drop off our two oldest children at school and then head to my office at the county building or to meetings in the district,” revealed Dave, who can often be seen having one-on-one coffees with his constituents. Dave represents the Third District which runs from University City through Encinitas on the coast and from Grantville to Escondido on the I-15 corridor and includes almost all areas in between.
As a county supervisor, Dave enjoys being involved in the public process. “I am passionate about preserving and protecting our fragile environment and working on solar and other energy initiatives. Another goal I share with all of my colleagues is keeping the county fiscally solvent while continuing to deliver the best possible services to the public,” related Dave. He began his career as a public servant as a volunteer and advocate for the Solana Beach Branch Library and served two terms on the Solana Beach City Council. According to Dave, public service runs in his family: His mother formerly worked for United States Senator Prescott Bush (the father and grandfather of two presidents) and his father is a retired state government parks and forestry executive.
Family is a huge part of Dave’s life. He and his partner, Wally, adopted their five children from the County of San Diego’s foster care to adoption program, a program that Dave is passionate about. Dave enjoys spending time with Wally and their children and taking advantage of all San Diego has to offer. “We love to do things together as a family like hiking with our dog at the San Dieguito River Park. It is a tremendous privilege to live in such a beautiful place with great parks, schools and involved residents who care about making their communities better,” stated Dave, who also shared that he and his family live in the former home of late American music icon Patti Page.
Whether Dave is out and about with his family, enjoying one of the many cultural events in San Diego or grabbing a cup of coffee between meetings, he encourages everyone to come up and say hello. “I really like to meet people. I love that part of the job,” said Dave.